Innovators: Feature Stories

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Lotek Achieves Breakthrough with Miniature “Message in a Bottle”

by wade on August 15, 2011

By Andrew Safer: 215 Atlantic salmon smolts were fitted with archival tags and released into the ocean from Campbellton River near Lewisporte this past May. This is the first time that such small, juvenile fish packed miniaturized tracking devices on their migration from a river to the ocean and back. Read more.

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Student-Built “Sailbot” Competes in Maryland

by wade on August 10, 2011

By Andrew Safer: A team of seven Memorial University engineering students entered The Missus, a 2-meter autonomous sailboat, in a robotic sailing competition that was held in Annapolis Maryland in mid-June. It was a first for Memorial. Project manager Nathan Smith, 26, and his colleagues had the time of their lives showcasing the “sailbot.” It was designed and built over two years by 25 students of Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Memorial and of Naval Architecture from the Marine Institute. Ages in the all-male team ranged from 18 to 28. Read more.

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Spotlight on Underwater Vehicles

by wade on July 26, 2011

by Andrew Safer republished from the Marine Technology Reporter, New York, November/December 2010: Oceans Week in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador focused a spotlight on underwater vehicles at both the Ocean Innovation conference and the 6th Biannual National Research Council-Institute for Ocean Technology (NRC-IOT) Workshop on Underwater Vehicle Technology between October 17 – 23, 2010.  Now in its eighth year, Ocean Innovation was the brainchild of Randy Gillespie, Director of Applied Research at the Marine Institute’s School of Ocean Technology. Asked why St. Read more.

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Global Research Collaboration in Marine and Ocean Technologies

by wade on July 13, 2011

By Andrew Safer and published in International Ocean Systems Magazine, July/August 2011 edition, Teddington, UK
Senior ocean leaders from Canada, China, India, Brazil and Israel gathered in St John's, Newfoundland, earlier this year for a significant Multilateral Roundtable on collaborative research in marine and ocean technologies. Andrew Safer reports Read more.

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Managing Pack Ice and Icebergs

by wade on July 13, 2011

By Andrew Safer and published in Offshore Technology, London, UK, January 2011


Cairn Energy, a Scotland-based oil and gas explorer and producer, drilled three wells at approximately 70 north and 60 west, 150 to 200 kilometres offshore in its acreage in the Baffin Bay Basin during a much anticipated Summer 2010 campaign. These were the first wells drilled in the Greenland Arctic in 10 years. The objective was to identify the window of opportunity when the water would be free from pack ice, and to keep icebergs out of the protection zone around the drill site to ensure the exploration program could continue safely and without interruption.
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